The management of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) says it viewed with dismay a FrontPageAfrica news paper article published on November 2, 2018, in “which the newspaper blatantly tried to mislead the public that President George Weah is involved in sourcing tenants for the business class lounge and shops at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).”
According to the release, “LAA management sees this article as an intentional attempt to undermine the bidding process, which up to date has no direct or indirect involvement from President Weah.”
“LAA, through its Procurement Department, received expression of interest from several companies in regard to rental facilities in the new terminal, and the procurement department would then apply the requisite procurement compliance mechanisms to determine those who are best suited.
It is therefore a dishonor to anything truthful that the FPA newspaper article ignored the procedures and guidelines of the biding processes, published in this very paper by LAA for six weeks, and instead cited something that is totally untrue,” the release said.
The LAA says in its haste to paint the entity and the President in a bad light, the paper contradicted itself several times regarding the National Competitive Bidding (NCB) and International Competitive (ICB) processes as prescribed in the Public Procurement Concession Act of 2010.
“Therefore, LAA wishes to unambiguously clarify that all firms that have expressed interest in rental stores and/or shops at the new terminal at RIA will be treated equally and fairly, and no particular business, including foreign firms, will be based solely on the procurement requirements in keeping with the laws of Liberia. LAA encourages the FrontPageAfrica newspaper to cross-check its facts before publication, and exercise due diligence so as to exhaust the rudiments and basic principles of true journalism,” the release noted.